And today ,April 03, 2007 .... sashvat was able to ride his bicycle sans the trainer wheels !! He didnt realise it till I told him ..He thought someone was holding him He was indeed riding on trust -alone .
Once he realised I was no longer holding , he jumped off the cycle .Sigh.Takes after my side of the family for sure .
Shakti had to come up with something to outshine Anna ,as he was getting all the attention and hugs ...Never the one to let me down -she called out " amma , see I can balance with the trainer wheels on !"
Dejavu .. my own experience of learning to ride a bicycle ..when I was in first year college ...( better late than never )
Somehow the concept of using brakes never appealed to me .The only way I would stop was either by crashing on somthing / somebody or simply jumping off .
And all this for an audience - my four giggly sisters and my father gritting his teeth in utter shame !
We are all in splits even now when we recall the day I went around an old lady several times not knowing how to stop.. with a basket on her head selling " keerai " with the good intention of not crashing on her ..
But the old lady , like the rest of the world which always misunderstands my intentions - thought I was teasing her ,especially since she saw the four foes ( a.k.a my sisters ) rolling with laughter .
She gave me the choicest of gaalis in chaste Madras bashai ....Everything happens for the good ( of others in this case !)
Never the one to give up we tried our hands at a scooty ... I was very good at getting it started but cant stop ...and my sister was good at riding it -being the well balanced person she is . It must have been a sight ! I used to start and very graciously take the pillion and let my sister ride ! We always went together whereever - Dont you know it takes two to tango ?
Years passed by , ...I thought with such a loving husband and no necesscity to balance ...driving a car would be easy .
Alas ...the gear , accelerator ,and the brakes ( the villain !) got the better of me ....
Being the second year of marriage there was lots of romance everytime I went on those practice sessions with DH ..but didnt last too long ... I had to choose between my marriage or driving skills ! I chose to drive him around and continue to live as a happily married couple .
He is married . I am Happy .
Deserved it for not heeding my experienced friends advice on hubbies being terrible at teaching their wives to drive .
My so called morale booster - my husband -never fails to remind me of the incident when I hit a scooterist at south end circle and said "it is ok -dont worry '' without for a moment realising they should be the ones saying that !
Unrelenting - I tried once again after four years ...encouraged by Suresh , who used to Drive my DH to office . He too tried teaching me but he could speak only Malayalam and I ran the risk of driving off to TRICHY when ever he said 'tiruchi" in Malayalam ( This PJ is my DHs )
This time I did the test well -did all that was asked but did an awful reverse ..Just how do I explain to the RTO that I am a very forward looking person and really dont believe in reversing !
Riding a bike , driving a four wheeler -not for me in this janma ...May I add to this list typewriting ( my little finger got stuck in the Brother machine and I came home bleeding .) and walking with sunglasses . Bizarre sounding though ,I simply become deaf when I wear sunglasses and cant hear a thing !
Therefore I took the pledge to equip my children with all the above skills before they are 18 !And today April-03,2007 I have moved an inch Towards my goal ...Congrats Sashvat !